Swap-bot Time: January 23, 2018 8:03 pm


Date Joined: January 8, 2010
Last Online: January 23, 2018
Birthday: May 10
Country: Canada

About Me

Updated Jan. 14, 2018

Wow, 8 years! And I have loved every minute of it! Even the very trying ones. I have grown as both a person and an artist during my time here, and I am very grateful to those that have helped me along this journey. Some of ya'll are like a second family to me. :) Thank you for the encouragement and challenges these past 8 years. I look forward to the next ones...

I really am a hippie soul deep down. My mom used to always say I was born in the wrong era because I have always been fascinated with other decades (not so much the actual history but design, culture, attitudes, beliefs,etc) I LOVE the Art Deco period, some of the most beautiful architecture and design elements came out of that time period. I embrace the fact that Vancouver has many Deco Era buildings that survived all the fires over the years. And then of course the 60's-70's Hippie Era. The colours, the designs, the attitudes. Sigh

Detail image of one of my favourite buildings- the Marine Building We are a relatively young city, so our history is still developing.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art has become a new love over the last few years. I really enjoy making/decorating my own envelopes and postcards. I am usually up for private mail art swaps. Let me know if you are interested. I try to photograph and post my creations to my Instagram (linked above). I forget a lot of the time, haha.

I may have an addiction to my gelli plates. I have a few. And yes, I use them. I love to hit up my local Re-Use store (check if your town has one!) and pick up fun things like transfer foils and Braille paper for mixed media work. Ever gel print on Braille before? It is fun and interesting! It both pulls and leaves behind a wonderful texture. Music sheets, book text, and atlas pages are other favourites to work on. I like the idea that I am reducing waste, not creating more when I use re-purposed items.

I do sometimes make ATCs but only if the theme/subject is one I resonate with. And sometimes just because. Mostly I like to dabble in different media and am always doing something.

I have crocheted since childhood. I don't work the yarn as much these days but still pick up the hook every once in a while. I like to design my own intarsia designs for patches, blankets, and scarves. I also occasionally make amigarimi critters but not very often as they are tiny and drive me insane! So consider yourself special if you get one!

I am wanting to embrace painting more as well as getting over the fear of starting an assemblage piece. I have a few on the planner but haven't broken through to start them yet. I am also wanting to start making more little books this year. I have done a couple and loved how they turned out so will play with some more.

Favorite Books

I love to read but don't as often these days. I have been saddened by the death of Sir Terry Pratchett in 2015 and hence the lack of Discworld books. Perhaps it is time to re-read the series again... That being said, I have found a few more worthy authors over the last while.

I love a good heavy Sci -fi, anything with great scope that covers the tough stuff (Vernor Vinge is awesome for this, IMO).

Others I happily read:

  • Neil Gaiman

  • Warren Ellis

  • Douglas Adams

  • John Barnes

  • Orson Scott Card

  • Paolo Bacigalupi

  • Stephanie Plum series

  • Hunger Games trilogy

  • Gaiman's Sandman comics

  • Transmetropolitan series

    And I am in love with The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson ! She makes me laugh, cry, snort, and believe that I am not as crazy as the mean portion of my brain tries to insist I am! If you haven't read her blog or books, do yourself a favour and give her a try.

Favorite Music

My music tastes are all over the place! I love rock, 80's, dance, techno, jazz, classical, swing, industrial, some country, some Top 40 and most anything in between.. I am always looking for new stuff to listen to. If you have a suggestion, send it my way. I grew up in the era of mix tapes...

I love a good rhythm, fierce female vocalists, good lyrics, slide guitar, banjo, fiddle, etc...

Favorite TV and Movies

I haven't had a TV or cable for a few years now. And I don't miss it. I watch shows/movies online when I feel the need. Mostly I watch Youtube videos. Or listen to music.

I have a weakness for internet cartoons. Foamy the Squirrel (WARNING: this may offend many people!) is my absolute fave!

I loved Coraline (both movie and book), but anything by Neil Gaiman is pretty good. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Good Omens and can't wait for them to finish filming!

Being in Vancouver we get a lot of movies and shows filmed here. I got to watch parts of Deadpool 2 filmed during the summer, as well as shows like iZombie, The Flash, as well as a bunch of shows for other countries. I am constantly detoured around the city.

Things that make me smile

Themes and imagery I enjoy:

  • Trees/branches/leaves

  • spirals

  • mushrooms

  • Goddesses

  • Green Man

  • Steampunk

  • goth

  • Gothic-Lolita

  • Art Deco

  • Art Nouveau

  • Bettie Page/pin-up/burlesque/vaudeville

  • vintage circus/freak-show

  • hippies (colours/patterns/design/etc)

  • fairies

  • dragons

  • some gnomes

  • skulls/skeletons/anatomy

  • tarot

  • anything Halloween

  • Moon/Stars/Galaxy

  • underwater

  • CAULDRONS! and witch hats, really anything 'witchy'

  • broken/mismatched jewellery

  • Your art!

I pretty much enjoy playing around with new to me items. If I can't make it work for me I never hesitate to find someone that loves it! I will re-gift if something isn't to my taste or I can't alter it to be.

Postcards: I love to receive postcards. Touristy are not my favourite but I will not rate down for them as long as they meet swap requirements. Otherwise, I am happy with most anything you choose to send. I am not picky as I like the messages you write and the images that I really like get put up as wall decoration. The others get stored in my received postcard collection. I like to flip through them every once in a while.


This is a pretty short list, I think.

SCENTS: Patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, vanilla and anything really 'sweet' smelling.

I am also allergic to apples. Strange, I know.


Comment: Thanks so much for the postcard!
Response: I'm glad you like it! I think it is time to replenish my outgoing postcard selection. :)
AmookIslandCreations rated for Texture Postcard on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this excellent PC! I love the colors and the texture and that you used mat board that is usually discarded! I love it just as it is! No quote required! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating. I really enjoyed how this piece turned out. I end up with a lot of pieces that are just right as they are, in my opinion, without any quotes or focals. :) I'm glad you enjoy it as well.
chabbywabbit rated for NH: Junk Journal supplies! on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: thank you for the wonderful selections. I loved the lace!
Response: I'm glad you enjoy the selection. I always try to have a good variety as I love using anything at hand. Happy crafting!
FrancesDauphinais rated for Oh Gelli Gelli on Jan 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the prints...they are all awesome and I have a few plans for them already. Thank you for your time and your wonderful contribution to my gelli print collection...xxoo
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating. I love to make gel prints and enjoy sharing them. However, I was highly disappointed when I found out you are a MULTI-PROFILER: (@Danni and @Daniellegentile. I discovered this after making the swap and posting it.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap! Love the envelope too!
Response: I am very glad you enjoyed it! I love making envelopes so I always like to do so when I think it will be well received. Hope you have a wonderful New Year.
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely bits and pieces you chose for me! They're great! xo
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating. I hope you are able to use some/most of what I sent. I am glad you like it. Have a lovely weekend.
Comment: Thanks for the Christmas card! :)
Response: Thank you for the rating and I hope you have a lovely holiday.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card. I love a bit of glitter and metallic shine. Hope you're able to enjoy all the goodies of the season. I have been a bit slack in the kitchen this season, so it'll be a 'bare minimum' feast.
Response: Thanks for the lovely rating. I didn't want to overwhelm with glitter so went simple. :) Luckily there are only 3 of us so bare minimum works well. Have a wonderful holiday!
Comment: Thank you so much and thank you especially for the lovely journal!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
Response: You are very welcome and I am glad you enjoy the notebook. I find it is always nice to have something that fits in a bag or pocket for quick notes. Happy Holidays!
Comment: OMG, thank you for the card and the amazing stickers which I will be hording for a long time!
Response: Bwahaha! I just had an image of you squirrelling those stickers away! They are actually wall stickers so they shouldn't wreck the paint. I had a feeling you would enjoy them. Have a wonderful Solstice!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Christmas card, it’s going to make a great addition to my Christmas card display. I agree with you about the best thing of Christmas is the food. We don’t buy presents for adults anymore we put the money into the food and have a great feast together, that’s the best part of Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating and I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Comment: Very Canadian card, eh... Love it! Thank you, Dawn xx
Response: First of all, that was quick! I saw that postcard and thought it would be a perfect Canadian thing to send. :) I love the reclaimed projects that are popping up around here. I hope you enjoy your holidays!
ritchgirl rated for ATC - Stars (INTL) on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the very cool "Galaxy Stars" ATC's!!! Thank you for the extras as well!!!
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating. I'm glad you like the cards I sent. Hope you have a use for the extra bits, I hope I matched your profile with those. :)
Paige1900 rated for Halloween x 7 on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Where in the world do I start...except to say that no I did not wait to open the ENTIRE package. I absolutely am thrilled with everything in the box. The Bag your hubby made was fabulous! I love all the cookie cutters and the fun paper goodies (which everyone knows I have a soft spot for). I adore (seriously...adore) the little Grim Reaper in the coffin. He is sooo freaking adorable! And the beautiful beaded dangles are awesome! The big dangle will indeed be put in a special place. (Still deciding). Thank you sooo very much Dawn! You have certainly made my Halloween super fantastic!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
Response: I was honestly hoping you wouldn't wait to open them! The bag was originally almost 2-3x bigger than it is. He had made a perfect shopping bag for someone 6'7", Lol! I am so glad you like the little Reaper. He is kind of a pain in the *ss to make so I only make him for the Super Special! I knew I wanted to include the coffin somewhere so thought his presentation would be top-notch. :) I have really enjoyed making the dangles this year. They are a great way to use up some of my charm and bead horde. Thank you for swapping with me! I absolutely loved every aspect of this. I actually squealed with glee when I saw that the box had been delivered!
Created46 rated for TPD: Mystery Supply Swap #10 on Oct 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you. These are fantastic. Always lovely to swap with you.
Response: Thank you so much. I'm glad you like them! These have definitely been some of my favourite swaps. :)
mgallardo68 rated for Happy Mail Exchange on Sep 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all you have done. For your gifts, your friendship and support. Sending much love!!!
Response: Oh Maria! I am so glad you enjoy the package. I look forward to many more (less complicated) swaps with you in the future. Your friendship has been a bright light in this rather dark year. Thank you.
wolfeagle rated for Stenciled on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you. Love this envelope. The feel, the colors, all of it. Especially the big round silver shapes and how you dotted the petals.
Response: Oh thank you so much! I have been trying to let go and just enjoy doodling more. I like how this one turned out. I truly enjoy making these envelopes. :)
Jenicat rated for Happy Anniversary to VLD♥ on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard! 💜
Response: You are very welcome. Glad it arrived safely. :)
bluemonkeymama rated for MA: Sender's Choice July 2017 on Aug 12, 2017
Comment: Wow, awesome swap! I love the feathers, and the extras were wonderful! I'm going to make use of the stencils right away, and the cork is very cool, as well as the pinup images. Also, your decorated envelope is gorgeous! Thank you so very much! <3 <3 <3
Response: I am so glad it finally made it! Lol I'm super happy you like it! Thanks for rating. :)
camelsamba rated for HMPC: Going Postal on Jul 14, 2017
Comment: What a lovely postcard - such a nice collection of postage stamps! I like the interplay of colors and layers as well. Thanks!
Response: Thank you very much. I've been trying hard not to 'overdo it'. But I love the messiness of lots of layers. :) And Swap-Bot is a great source of postage stamps.

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Paige1900 on Jan 19, 2018:

Hmmmmm....I sent the first part of the tag, prior to that the Gelli Plate. I hope it hasn't gotten lost. I really think you are going to enjoy it as well.

And I am glad you like the little mini-gelli plate. LOL...

kiddomerriweather on Jan 16, 2018:

So glad you liked the mushroom mail art. I’m going to have to make some major dietary changes. My cholesterol was through the roof. Probably because of hereditary reasons and because of one of the antidepressants that helps me most. I refuse to give it up. A low cholesterol diet basically looks vegan to me, except for lean meats, but I love dairy! Wait that doesn’t sound vegan at all. Lol. Well animal products are cut out for the most part. At least the good ones. I’m on cholesterol meds. I was scared because they make most people sick and have muscle aches, but I’m fine. My body seems immune to most med side effects. I suppose because I’m on so many. Enough rambling. You are not alone. I’m cutting out Cokes which I love, but no high fructose corn syrup. Who knew? But hopefully I’ll lose some weight. Kudos to you for no sugar. You’ll feel so much better in the long run. I’m proud of you. It’s something I hope to accomplish in the future as well. I’m here for support. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Paige1900 on Jan 15, 2018:

Love you updated profile! :) Happy 8 years on The BOT!

VivaLaDiane on Jan 12, 2018:

I can do rain just about 24/7. Sure I feel for my dog but Seattle or Portland are dream locations for me. Give me the Pacific northwest!!

I honestly didn't know Coraline was a book so I meant the movie. I often want to be Wybie. He's too adorable for me.

VivaLaDiane on Jan 11, 2018:

I appreciate the reminder because pneumonia came to tell me I wasn't shit. Lol. How is everything up there? Great I hope.

And Coraline is THE bomb!! ♥♥

kiddomerriweather on Dec 28, 2017:

Thank you for the stickers! It was so nice of you to think of me. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Paige1900 on Dec 26, 2017:

Hugs and Happiness for 2018 !

pkpeace on Dec 20, 2017:

mgallardo68 on Dec 19, 2017:

We are connected!!! I have been thinking about you too and cannot wait to see those snowy pictures!! I sent you a replacement last week and today another (I will send you tracking numbers when get home), also something else is on the go ;) many hugs!! 😍😍

Paige1900 on Dec 16, 2017:

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